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9 Pieces of my ❤Heart!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

We took all the kids {big and little} to see Frozen yesterday. 
It was Will, Payne, and Evie's first movie ever. 
Everyone loved it~

Received our first two Christmas cards today and they are hung with care~

Today was our 2nd Thanksgiving meal and Christmas card photo shoot.
9 pieces of my ❤️!
Cards are ordered and will be here Thursday. 
Thank you Savannah for helping me get that big check on the list. 
 Happy last day of November!!!

Thanksgiving One~

Friday, November 29, 2013

A large family means lots of celebrations over the holidays and our first was yesterday.
We are certainly thankful to have Payne and Evie home for their first forever Thanksgiving.
We watched the parade and dog show while working on all the food for our Thanksgiving meal.
We were so Thankful to have a houseful of LOVE~
 Everyone loved spending time catching up, playing, and eating~
 Something so wonderful about tables full of happy people~
 Savannah shot some wonderful shots with her camera too.
LOVE having these to look back on... especially when Ben Curtis comes~
 Thanksgiving One done and my sister's family is on the way!!!
Thanksgiving Two coming up tomorrow!!!

Happy Thanksgiving~

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful my house was FULL of love today and time spent with Scott down on our dock~
Counting our many blessings and dreaming of what's yet to come. 
Thankful!!!

Thankful Day 27 {Featured}~

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November is National Adoption Month and our local newspaper interviewed our family~
Featuring our family story: One big happy family! 
Our prayer in this privilege is for more children to find their forever family just like our sweet blessings. 
THANKFUL!!!

Thankful Day 26 {Simple}~

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nothing to do but watch a movie and eat cookies~
With this roomful of love!
Thankful!!!

Thankful Day 25 {SJ}~

Monday, November 25, 2013

There are days I look at SJ and think what her life might have been without a forever family.
Home three days in 2010 and straight into open heart for her TOF repair.
Not long after that she went through huge dental surgery and continues lots of work even today~
 When we went for her 4th appliance to hold spaces for her new teeth coming soon... 
still she smiles!

Enjoyed a yummy lunch with daddy 
then met Josh, Nan, and Ms Barbara to visit Josh's dad @ his rehab hospital~
He is working so hard and doing so well.
Such a sweet moment to see he and the littles love on each other!
That's what Thanksgiving is all about! 

 Made a little stop @ Target for a friend to bring home... Bell~
 And tonight had a little hot cocoa treat after little three were in bed~ 
LOTS to be thankful for today!!!

Thankful Day 24 {Children}~

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SO Thankful for sweet Slate... Dedicated today~
Thankful Mimi is home from school~
And Thankful ALL my Children were here for dinner and s'mores~
Thankful indeed!
Going to be a beautiful week of Thanksgiving!!! 

Thankful Day 23 {A Wedding}~

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Our whole family was invited to a wedding this evening and we had a ball~

A great way to kick off Thanksgiving Week! Danced the night away!!! 
Happy Life Kyle and Natalie!!!

Free Friday~

Friday, November 22, 2013

Took the day to move our playroom back to the basement~
 I'd say that's a productive day!

Thankful Day 22 {Basement}~

Our basement flooded this summer and it has taken a while to get the floor repaired.
Today we were able to move Scott's office and the playroom back down there~
 Still a work in progress but awesome just the same.
Thankful!

Thankful Day 21 {Sweet Writings}~

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Honestly writing is not EK's favorite thing to do but she is good at it and spells awesome.
Today I had them glue their photo from silhouette and write whatever she wanted to about herself~
I like to play with my dog. My dog's name is Sadie. Sadie is my best friend now because Fisher is gone. I love Sadie. I also have a fish named Louie. I got Louie when he was a baby. I love my pets. I have light skin and dark dark brown hair, brownish black eyes, and a big FAMILY. The End.
{LOVE EVERY SINGLE WORD!}

SJ on the other hand LOVES writing everyday mostly because she loves to read it to everyone.
I also asked her to write three sentences about herself and thought she would call me over to help but it wasn't anytime before she was ready to share {no help needed}~
 I am 6.
I like orliz. (oranges)
Mom is my favret prsin.
{When I say that last sentence took my breath away... I MEAN IT!}
I even had her read it again.
THAT is what LIFE is about... reminds me of a quote I often read on twitter~
"In this life we cannot always do great things. 
But we can do small things with great love."
~Mother Teresa
A small thing with great love... that pretty much sums up my sweet SJ!
LOVE being a mom to ALL nine of my beautiful children!
Thankful!!!

Sweet Writings~

Honestly writing is not EK's favorite thing to do but she is good at it and spells awesome.
Today I had them glue their photo from silhouette and write whatever she wanted to about herself~
I like to play with my dog. My dog's name is Sadie. Sadie is my best friend now because Fisher is gone. I love Sadie. I also have a fish named Louie. I got Louie when he was a baby. I love my pets. I have light skin and dark dark brown hair, brownish black eyes, and a big FAMILY. The End.
{LOVE EVERY SINGLE WORD!}

SJ on the other hand LOVES writing everyday mostly because she loves to read it to everyone.
I also asked her to write three sentences about herself and thought she would call me over to help but it wasn't anytime before she was ready to share {no help needed}~
 I am 6.
I like orliz. (oranges)
Mom is my favret prsin.
{When I say that last sentence took my breath away... I MEAN IT!}
I even had her read it again.
THAT is what LIFE is about... reminds me of a quote I often read on twitter~
"In this life we cannot always do great things. 
But we can do small things with great love."
~Mother Teresa
A small thing with great love... that pretty much sums up my sweet SJ!
LOVE being a mom to ALL nine of my beautiful children!
Thankful!!!

Thankful Day 20 {A Heartbeat and Reading}~

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Today I am Thankful for a precious text from Savannah with Baby Dove's heartbeat from dr appt.
The littles were so thrilled I think we listened to it 20 times.
We made Nana a video and sent it to her to celebrate~
 
I'm also Thankful for an advanced copy of Tangled Vines from Kay Bratt~
{Second book in The Scavenger's Daughter series}
While the littles rested, I decided reading in front of a fire with a  cup of coffee was a much better use of my time than the million chores to be done around here.

AND now that they are ALL in the bed for the night, I'm closing this laptop and cracking open my book again.
I've missed these lovely characters friends!

 

Silhouettes Tutorial~

Easy tutorial for making silhouettes...

I had each one sit in a chair near a window and just flash me a smile to get warmed up~
 Then I faced them to the side and gave a certain something to look at...
I filled the frame with their profile.
{May take a few shots to get the just the right side view}~
 Next I printed each photo on white copy paper and placed on top of a black piece of construction paper.
Very carefully I cut around the profile of photo and black paper.
When complete I had a beautiful silhouette.

I coated the back of the silhouette with rubber cement and while wet attached to manila paper... could use just a simple piece of copy paper~
Once completely dry, I hung them from a fishing line with clothespins.
I knew they were perfect when they kids came in from playing and EK said, "Mom, I really like the silhouettes!"

Language Idea~
EK is learning all about quotes and how they are written with quotation marks.
Today after I read Cranberry Thanksgiving, I had her go through and only read the words "spoken" by someone in the story.
She loved it.
Then she chose her favorite passage and recorded in her journal.
I think it was a much better activity than something suggested in her lesson.
 Tonight as I was writing this and she was looking over my shoulder reading every word I wrote, she saw HER quote from the day!
That is when you know real learning is sinking in!

Thankful Day 19 {Love and Support}~

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My day began with a tiny one coming around the corner and her first word was "Paint?"... Thankful.
After school and lunch we headed into Gwinnett for WP's 5 year old well appointment.
I am Thankful for a great report although he hasn't gained even a lb this year so need to bulk him up a little and he failed his eye test... off to the eye dr we go.
We were able to meet and eat with Savannah... Thankful to see her sweet belly growing with Baby Dove~
 And while I was loving on 6 of the 8, Scott took Rosie out for dinner and they had a wonderful time... Thankful!
Amelia wanted to meet us so bad but she had class and her Phi Mu Thanksgiving social so she was being loved by her roomies, Lew and Avery... Thankful!
SO Thankful for Love and Support to ALL my sweet ones!!!

Cranberry Thanksgiving {FIAR}~

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cranberry Thanksgiving is one of our all time favorite stories 
and began our row with it today~
http://www.amazon.com/Cranberry-Thanksgiving-Cranberryport-Wende-Devlin/dp/1930900635/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384828048&sr=8-1&keywords=cranberry+thanksgiving
 My favorite activity to do with this book is create silhouettes of the kids.

Today I shot photos of them and have printed them to be cut out of black~
 Final product tomorrow...
can't wait to compare to last year!!!

Thankful Day 18 {Rosemary}~

I could NOT be more Thankful for Rosemary! 
She wore her One tshirt to school today... Cute!~
I'm also Thankful for the time she spends with her little sisters and brothers... 
sitting in the floor teaching them thumb war. :)
Order you shirt today! Blessings!!
SO sweet!
 

Thankful Day 17 {Simple Sunday}~

Sunday, November 17, 2013

LOVE going to church and lunch with these beautiful faces~
 Missing my other 4 1/2 Loves!
Thankful for Simple Sundays!!

ALSO Still taking orders for tshirts~
 and LOVE getting cute photos of my friends wearing them~
 Thanks for the pic Jen!!!

Thankful 16 {Decorated}~

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thankful all our trees are done~
{Now I need to get some gifts bought}
Snowman, Santa, Frame, and Family Tree

 Thankful for sweet little helpers~
 Everyone ready for bed~
 Thankful for a great Saturday!!!

Thankful Day 15~

Friday, November 15, 2013

 Couldn't be more Thankful!!!

Fun Friday {Moon Day}~

Our day began with a final reading of Owl Moon and Goodnight Moon.
Familiar with both stories all were able to read along and help with words.
I had some info about the first astronauts and Appollo 11...
they were all SO surprised to know I was Evie's age when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. :)
Our first experiment was creating the moon's surface {flour} and dropping moon rocks {marbles} to make craters~
 And of course we all had to feel the moon dust and make craters with our fingers!
We also listened to information in our globe book!

Next was some discussion about earth rotation, revolving, and the phases of the moon.
We haven't really touched on anything space related so this was an introduction using a lamp {sun}, globe {earth}, and apple {moon}.
Everyone got to act out some part of the process~
 We learned the moon doesn't have its own light but reflects sunlight... the Bible tells us in
Matthew 5:16~
In the same way, let your light shine before others
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We discussed that we don't have our own light but reflect Jesus to the world around us just like the moon.
We confirmed we believe the Bible when it says in 
Genesis 1:16~

And God made two greater lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.

and NOT a video we watched that suggested the moon was made through a big explosion and the rocks came together to make the moon. No no no! 

HOW crazy is it that we ate at a restaurant this week that gave the kids Oreos for dessert and I asked them to save them...
NOT knowing we would use them for a Moon Phases 'cooking activity'!!!
This hands on activity really helped them understand just a little better~ 
Not to mention the eating oreos with milk brought big smiles!
After all was done, I interviewed each one separately and wrote down exactly what they said they learned.

You can skip reading this but wanted to record their words for our school scrapbook.

EllaKate:
The moon can pull the ocean in and out causing low and high tide with its gravity. The earth is always spinning to make day and night. The moon is always near the earth. The earth revolvess around the sun to make the seasons. Astronauts went to the moon when mom was 4 years old. They went in a rocket ship and it took 4 days. The moon was covered in moon dust and the holes are called craters. There is no air to breathe and no gravity. There in no life on the moon. The moon has phases like new, crescent, half, and full. The first man on the moon was Neil Armstrong. The shuttle was Apollo 11. I believe the moon was created by God!

ShayleeJoy~
The moon spins around the Earth. There is no gravity which means I would float away. The moon is a satellite that goes around the earth. The moon can be a crescent, a whole, or a new moon. That is the cycle of the moon. You can't breathe because there is no air. There is moon dust and when a rock hits it, a crater is made. Astronauts travel in a rocket ship.

Will Perry~
The moon gets light from the sun.
The moon gets bigger and bigger.
Astronauts go to the moon.
Wear helmet and space uniform.
There is no air on the moon.
The moon has holes called craters.

Payne Curtis~
The moon goes in a circle.
Bigger, bigger, tiny, tiny.
Moon goes to China and we have to watch it.
Rocket ship goes to the moon.
Wear helmet.
Put our finger in the sand and made a hole... crater.

EvieClaire~
The moon is round.
A circle.
God made the moon.

A Fun Friday Moon Day!!! 

 

Thankful Day 14~

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I am thankful for littles that love each and make up wonderful adventures together~
  Here is Pilot Payne flying Mom Evie and Dad Will to China for their baby.
LOVE this SO much!!!

 I am also SO thankful Scott gets to work from home two days a week~
 Love that he is able to give big daddy hugs all through the day!
Thankful for a wonderful day at home!!

Thankful Day 13 {Fillings and Pokes}~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

May have noticed I've missed a couple of posts...
Life. :)
Also may seem my Thankfuls are just plain everyday things.

 Living 1 Thessalonians 5:18~
Give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Today I am Thankful for Dental care where my children get fillings and impressions for appliances needed~
and blood work ordered by our awesome pediatrician.  
Because it is such major day, we have lunch with a friend {Sheryl and Linzi}~
Score fun $1 prizes from Target~
See the big Christmas tree, Bookstore visit, Cosco, and dinner with Josh and Nan~
Thankful Indeed!